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Cabot accepts consumer award

BY HBSDEALER Staff

A national online survey service has bestowed upon Cabot Premium Wood Finish the tile of “Product of the Year,” in the home improvement category.

According to the survey organizers, some 40,000 American shoppers voted in the cross-category competition.

"It is such an honor to have a Cabot product selected as the 2014 Product of the Year, especially because consumers chose the award," said Victoria Stroud, Cabot brand manager. The product is a Lowe’s exclusive, available in seven ready-mix colors and 27 tintable colors in quarts and half-pint sizes.

Product of the Year accepts entries every year from consumer-packaged goods that demonstrate innovation and were launched within the previous year. Entered products are then placed into specific categories, such as food, beverages, personal care, household care, etc., with a product then being chosen as a winner in its category through a nationally representative online study.

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Versatex boosts custom ordering

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Versatex Trimboard, a producer of cellular PVC products for architectural exteriors, has launched a made-to-order service called Versatexural.

The service breaks ground, according to Versatex, by allowing builders and contractors to order custom-milled and fabricated cellular PVC trim components directly from the manufacturer. 

“By performing precision millwork and fabrication in-house, we can help you control cost, scheduling and quality,” Versatex VP sales Rick Kapres said. “This is an industry first. Now there’s a convenient, one-stop source for the unique PVC profiles or fabricated shapes that more and more of our customers need.”

Versatexural saves steps for contractors and builders who need to turn standard materials into tailor-made designs. It will be available through many Versatex distributors and stocking dealers. 

“Because we’re experts when it comes to our product, we can add value for builders by sharing our specialized knowledge, long experience and dedication to quality.” He called the range of Versatexural applications “unlimited,” citing one-of-a-kind mouldings, gingerbread, corbels, ornaments, railings, brackets, water tables, window surrounds, louvers and shutters, as well as projects like trellises, pergolas and spires, as examples.  

“Our work on the historic restoration of the massive, ornate Marting Hall cupola at Baldwin Wallace University is a good example of the craftsmanship we’re talking about,” Kapres said. 

Versatex trim materials and systems are manufactured by Wolfpac Technologies of Pittsburgh. 

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HCN Stock Watch: UFPI through the roof

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UFPI shot up nearly 15% on Thursday following the release of an impressive fourth quarter earnings report. Sears (both SHLD and SHOS) also continued trending up.

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